Sunday, 9 August 2015

This week I visited the Tate Gallery in Liverpool and saw the Jackson Pollock exhibition: Blind Spots. Pollock was an American abstract artist who found a new way to express the world around him and eventually became known for his complete redefinition of modernist painting. He dripped and threw paint from above onto his canvas which was lying flat on the ground using colour and then later in his career, black and white. I particularly liked the painting entitled: Summertime number. 9A painted in 1948 which, though abstract, seemed to have dancing figures worked across the large canvas. The writer of the programme notes says that he "produc(ed) a tense balance between abstraction and figuration that blurs the lines between conscious and unconscious motivations." All very different from my own way of representational painting.

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